Hair – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:30:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hair – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup 32 32 Brand Spotlight: Ouai Haircare Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:00:22 +0000 Brand Spotlight: Ouai Haircare

For the longest time, I had no idea how to pronounce the name of this brand: Ouai Haircare. I was saying, “Oh-ey,” like the Netflix sci-fi
show, The O/A. LOL! The proper pronunciation is “whey,” like the protein powder, and it’s a casual way to say “Yes” in French.

Ouai is a pretty new American line that was started in 2016 by celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin. She’s worked on Gwen Stefani, Jessica Alba and many other locks of the A-listers. The products are cruelty-free and paraben-free, and they range from $24-32, so they’re in the Bumble and Bumble/R+Co/IGK price range. You can find the brand’s shampoos, conditioners, hair supplements and styling products (and a couple of body products thrown in for fun) at Sephora.

There are about 30-something products, give or take, so it’s a pretty streamlined brand. Jen’s aim was to make products that make it seem like you spent two hours styling your hair, when in reality you spent 15 minutes. And girl, when you’re chasing down a rambunctious toddler who is currently into everything, you don’t EVEN KNOW how much that speaks to my soul!

The line isn’t just about getting sh*t done in minimal time.

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The Lust List, Vol. 12: Stuff I Kinda Want Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:00:39 +0000 The Lust List, Vol. 12: Stuff I Kinda Want

I realize that there’s absolutely NOTHING lust-inducing about makeup remover. Nothing. But sometimes you just gotta take a break from all the schmexy makeup dreams (I’m talking to you, Charlotte Tilbury), and put stuff on your lust list that, ya know, you actually need.

On that note…

  1. R+Co Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner ($29) — La, la, la! Don’t mind me as I fall deeper into the hole that is my current R+Co obsession! Analog is the brand’s approach to conditioner washing. Technically, it’s called a cleansing foam conditioner, so I’m assuming that it’s light, fluffy and mousse-y. And if it’s anything like the other R+Co products I’ve tried and have fallen head over heels for, it’s probably all sorts of amazing and smells divine.
  2. Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder in Golden Glow ($56) — Even though I don’t need another highlighter AT ALL, this one by Dior looks like perfection.
  3. SEPHORA COLLECTION Lavender Foot Mask ($5) — Why? Because I looked down the other day and saw Fred Flintstone’s feet. 🙁
  4. Bioderma Sensibio Make-up Removing Micelle Solution ($14.50) and H2O Wipes ($9.90) — Completely not sexy at all, but I’m running dangerously low on liquid eye makeup remover and makeup wipes.

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R+Co Trophy Shine + Texture Spray Takes First Place Wed, 31 May 2017 13:00:41 +0000 R+Co Trophy Shine + Texture Spray Takes First Place

I’ve been loving a little texture lately.

“A little texture,” she says, as her hair expands into the firmament, LOL!

No, seriously! I’ve been into spraying a texturizing spray on my hair lately (mid-shaft) to kind of rough it up and make it look more voluminous (hopefully) and windswept, in that just-stepped-off the runway way.

But the thing about texture sprays is that most of them don’t do squat for shine. Most are matte, so if you want shiny AND tousled hair, you have to add a separate shiny product (usually an oil), but that can then weigh down your hair, thereby defeating the whole purpose of using a texturizing/volumizing spray in the first place.


R+Co (pronounced “R and Co”) is a hair care line I’m totally obsessed with at the moment (I blame my hairstylist friend Alis, who lives, breathes and sleeps hair, for telling me that “This line is amazing, and their products will change your life.”), and they figured out a way to add good texture and shine in the same product with their new R+Co Trophy Shine + Texture Spray.

You get lovely, tousled, windswept action, along with a healthy dose of shine (that doesn’t look greasy).

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Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Stick Sat, 27 May 2017 03:40:30 +0000 Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Stick

I’m holding on for dear life till tomorrow afternoon, which is when my roots will finally be obliterated into…oblivion (for at least six weeks!) by my friend and hair stylist Alis, THANK YE GODS!

It’s getting harder to hide those little gray baby hairs, which is why I’m living for the Rita Hazan Root Concealer Touch-Up Stick. It’s a chubby, waxy twist-up crayon for coloring in gray hairs and roots in those hard-to-reach places on your mug (and you can also use it on on your brows).

All I do is run the pencil back and forth a few times on the hairs I wanna cover. The pencil deposits a layer of product that feels like a thin wax, and then I comb the hairs with the spoolie that comes with it.

The product covers everything, and it stays put till I wash it out.

The sticks are $25 each at Sephora and Ulta and come in Dark Brown/Black, which is the shade I use, Light Brown and Dark Blonde.

I just gotta hang on for one more night… Come on, Karen, you can do it! LOL!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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Sephora Adventures: Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo, Drunk Elephant Tinted Umbra Tinte Daily Defense, and Pinrose Perfumes Tue, 23 May 2017 21:00:58 +0000 Sephora Adventures: Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo, Drunk Elephant Tinted Umbra Tinte Daily Defense, and Pinrose Perfumes

I swear, my last trip to Sephora was Connor’s idea. If she looks a little crabby in this picture, it’s because she’s practicing her #RBF (resting baby face).

I went to grab a couple things I’ve been wanting to try from my lust list, and speaking of that, that list has been exercising my wallet in ways I did not anticipate, LOL!

First, there’s this clarifying Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo.

I had a a lot of product buildup in my hair after using a Klorane shampoo and mask, and Sunday Shampoo, which I used on Saturday (such a rebel!), got my hair feeling normal again. Buuuuuut, I still think I’m going to return it, because I read on the Sephora website (and don’t ask my why this didn’t sink in beforehand) that it isn’t recommended for color-treated hair, which I have.

Oh, well… It was fun while it lasted.

I do like the idea using a clarifying shampoo every so often to remove buildup from dry shampoo and other hair products, so I’m thinking about exchanging it for a shampoo by Briogio, a natural hair care line at Sephora, called Be Gentle, Be Kind Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo.

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